Authorities: Texas stabbing suspect fantasized about cannibalism

April 11, 2013 2:09:51 PM PDT
An attorney for a man accused of stabbing more than a dozen people at a Lone Star College campus in the Cypress area says his client still doesn't completely understand what he is accused of doing, but court documents show that shortly after the attack, the suspect told authorities he had planned it out.

Authorities performed a search at Dylan Quick's family home, after he told them of bizarre fantasies in an interview. Court documents show Quick told detectives he had fantasized about cutting off people's faces and wearing them as masks since he was eight years old. He also told them he had fantasies about necrophilia and cannibalism.

Quick told authorities that he acted alone in the campus stabbings, and that he had prepared for the acts of violence by sharpening various instruments such as a hairbrush and pencils to use as weapons. He added that he had read numerous books about mass killings and serial killers, documents said.

Items seized during the search included a number of books, an animal dissection kit and a Hannibal Lecter mask.

Earlier in the day, Quick was to be arraigned on three counts of aggravated assault for Tuesday's attack at Lone Star College's Cy-Fair campus in which 14 people were slashed with a razor utility knife. But Quick's attorney, Jules Laird, waived the reading of the probable cause statement so the 20-year-old would not have to appear in court. Laird did not request bond for Quick.

Laird says he didn't want a media circus surrounding what would have been Quick's first court appearance. Laird addressed the media after the court hearing, speaking on behalf of Quick's family.

"The family loves him dearly. They want all the people that have been injured and their families to know they're sending their heartfelt wishes to them and that they have a speedy recovery," he said.

Quick is on court-ordered suicide watch, according to Laird.

He says his client is partially deaf and relies on cochlear implants to hear. Laird also says Quick was primarily home schooled before attending classes at Lone Star College.

Harris County authorities have said Quick told them he had been fantasizing for years about stabbing people.

Right now, Quick faces only three counts of aggravated assault. Prosecutors say he'll be punished for the other assaults if convicted. His next court date is set for May 10.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report
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